Final Validated Word Count: 102,421
Late last week, I looked at my per-day stats, and realized I was within shouting distance of a WriMo Double: not 50,000 words written in November, but 100,000. The story was coming easily, and even though a good chunk of it may vanish in editing, that is a concern for December, or next year.
Now the story is finished, and only the editing is left.
And I'm not the only one. My region, California, Sonoma County, has a large group of WriMos who've obviously been cranking out words as well.
Collectively we're closing in on 5 million words written in November.
We're writers. The great thing about NaNoWriMo is that it shows everyone willing to try that writing is a simple task. It doesn't require talent, skill, or genius, only perseverance.
Publishing? Well, that's a different kettle of fish entirely. To be an "author," you must publish. To be a writer, on the other hand... typing, handscript, or Dragon dictation is all you need.
In order to write, you just do it.